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Monday, February 04, 2008
 
"Integrity of the Game" vs. Integrity of the Legal System

Hats off to Ninth Circuit Judge Sidney R. Thomas, who summed it up perfectly in his dissenting opinion in United States v. Comprehensive Drug Testing, Inc., which was handed down 10 days ago:


In discussions of the use of alleged use of steroids by baseball players, much is made about “the integrity of the game.” Even more important is the integrity of our legal system. Perhaps baseball has become consumed by a “Game of Shadows,”21 but that is no reason for the government to engage in a “Prosecution of Shadows.” The district judges were entirely right to order the government to return the thousands of private medical records it wrongfully seized by use of pretext and artifice.

I couldn't have said it better myself....





3 Comments:

Glad to see the Ninth Circuit bend over backwards to the fans of baseball.

Someday I hope Arlen Specter understands and will stop with the grandstanding about NFL issues and get on with governing our country.

Blogger qtlaw24 -- 2/04/2008 3:50 PM  


I agree with you that the Ninth Circuit "bent over backwards" here. Why is your interest in watching a game more important than an individual's Fourth Amendment rights? I don't get it.

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